Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty

Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty

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Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty by Garden & Gun

Garden & Gun magazine’s aptly named Good Dog column is one of the publication’s most popular features. Now editor in chief David DiBenedetto and the editors of Garden & Gun have gathered their favorite essays as well as original pieces for this must-read collection of dog ownership, companionship, and kinship. 

By turns humorous, inspirational, and poignant, Good Dog offers beautifully crafted stories from such notable writers as P. J. O’Rourke, Jon Meacham, and Roy Blount, Jr. From the troublemakers who can’t be fenced in to the lifelong companions who never leave our sides, this one-of-a-kind anthology showcases man’s best friend through all of his most endearing (and maddening) attributes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062242358
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 132,466
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Garden & Gun is a national magazine that covers the best of the South, including its sporting culture, food, music, art, and literature, and its ­people and their ideas. The magazine has won numerous awards for journalism, design, and overall excellence. Garden & Gun was launched in the spring of 2007 and is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.

David DiBenedetto, a native of Savannah, Georgia, is the articles editor at Field & Stream. He has written for Men's Journal, Rolling Stone, and Salt Water Sportsman. In his free time he can be found fishing for stripers on Long Island Sound and in the surf at Montauk, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction: My Life in Dog Years David Dibenedetto xi

Chapter 1 The Troublemakers

Appetite for Destruction T. Edward Nickens 3

Sadie, the white Devil Allison Glock 7

The Canine Criminal C. J. Chivers 13

Hurricane Muffin Katie Crouch 19

Escape Artist Bob McDill 24

An L.A. Beagle Susan Gregg Gilmore 30

Believing in Chance Hunter Kennedy 36

Emmett & Me John Ed Bradley 40

Chapter 2 Into the Field

The Trophy Huntress Jonathan Miles 47

Poodle Power Logan Ward 52

Education of a Bird Dog Geoffrey Norman 59

On Patrol Ben McC Moïse 67

Chicken Dog Clyde Edgerton 72

Training Days David Dibenedetto 79

The Urban Gundog Guy Martin 84

Dog Tired Thomas McIntyre 91

Doubling Down Jeff Hull 96

The Sweetest Sound Rick Bragg 101

Chapter 3 Man's Best Friend

Lapdog Charles Gaines 113

King of Oxford Jim Dees 118

Traveling Companion Donovan Webster 123

A Good Nose Roger Pinckney 129

Scents and Sensibilities Julia Reed 133

Ole No. 7 Ace Atkins 139

A Dog to Lean On Martha J. Miller 144

Dog Gone Roy Blount Jr. 150

Running Mates Vanessa Gregory 154

Literary Canines Curtis Wilkie 159

Delta Dog J. M. Martin 167

Chapter 4 Family Ties

A Marriage for the Dogs Jill McCorkle 177

Dog Meets Wife Charlie Geer 182

Golden Snapper Lisa Howorth 187

The Dog Who Lived Forever Nic Brown 193

Two of a Kind Beth Hatcher 198

A Puppy and a Patch of Grass Jon Meacham 203

Coveting Thy Neighbor's Dog Beth Macy 208

Home Is Where the Mutt Is Ashley Warlick 214

My Mother, My Dog Donna Levine 219

Lost and Found Lawrence Naumoff 224

From Cat to Dog Blair Hobbs 229

Canine Couple Bucky McMahon 236

Chapter 5 Life Lessons

Swim Team Dominique Browning 247

Puppy Dreams Pat Jordan 254

Last Rites Mary Lou Bendrick 260

Licked to Death by a Pit Bull Bronwen Dickey 265

Fetch Daddy a Drink P. J. O'Rourke 271

The World's Greatest Dog Robert Hicks 278

Guide Dogs Rick Bass 283

Sit, Stay, Heal Jack Hitt 287

Who's the Boss? Chris Hastings 293

How to Name a Dog Daniel Wallace 297

Acknowledgments 303

About the Contributors 305

About Garden & Gun Magazine 317

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